Measured Building Survey – Client Deliverable Trends

Michael Gallie & Partners measured building surveys team have seen some of the greatest technological advancements and client deliverable developments across all the measurement services we offer.

2D/3D Measured Building Survey Client Deliverables or Both?

Our teams have seen a rapidly growing trend in 3D client deliverables, especially in the last two years with the adoption of Building Information Modelling within the AEC industry. To appreciate how quickly 3D client deliverables have grown, only five years ago our survey client deliverables split was 95/5 2D/3D. That same measured building survey client deliverable split is now 40/60 2D/3D. We are also seeing a marked increase in clients commissioning a measured building survey in both 2D and 3D formats.

What does the future hold?

Measured building survey 3D deliverables will continue to grow, especially as the cost for producing 3D deliverables compared to 2D continues to narrow with technological advances in hardware & software automation.

Another reason for the continued growth in using 3D deliverables is that architects and engineers are continuing to make project cost efficiencies at design stage. Contractors are increasingly instructing the survey in 3D model format due to the cost efficiencies in the construction design and build process. Any government policy changes from the current BIM level 2 compliance requirements to Level 4 or 5 would further increase the commissions of a measured building survey in 3D format.

Will 2D client deliverables decline or disappear altogether? The answer is yes and no. Yes, 2D client deliverables will decline relatively to 3D but no they will not disappear completely in the short term. Firstly, planning applications are still submitted mostly in 2D format and that will continue to be the case unless regulations change. Instructing a survey for the purposes of a planning application is a direct upfront cost for a developer client, so while the cost of a 2D deliverable is currently cheaper to produce than 3D it encourages the client to stick with 2D as there is no guarantee planning consent will be granted. The AEC industry currently has a skills shortage and the knowledge of using a measured building survey in 3D format is not widespread.

If you need any advice on commissioning the mentioned survey in either 2D or 3D formats, please contact Sam Lloyd at Michael Gallie & Partners who will be happy to assist you in this matter.

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